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Heavy rain in Havana Cuba leaves seven dead

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Havana, Cuba May 26: The torrential rainfall in Havana left seven dead people and considerable damages, an official note said Thursday.

On Tuesday, nearly 120 millimeters of downpour in barely two hours mainly flooded the low-lying areas near the Quibu and Almendares rivers, whose water levels reached 7 and 3 meters, respectively.

The National Institute of Hydraulic Resources informed the rainstorms also drenched 8 of the 15 municipalities in this capital. In some localities 290 millimeters of rain fell.

That phenomenon forced the closing of Linea and the 5th Avenue tunnels and affected the gas service in Marianao and Playa municipalities.

It resulted in 348 irregularities in the power service, now almost all restored, total and partial collapses in warehouses and schools and contaminated cisterns of some hospitals, work centers and houses.

According to the note, the authorities are currently assessing the damage in the economic and housing sectors and working to restore normality in the hit areas.

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